An aerial image of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire - MOD via Wikimedia
Millennial Terrorism / Research

Why are Millennials becoming Radicalised?

An aerial image of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire – MOD via Wikimedia

For a young British Muslim to go off to be a jihadist butcher, or a sex-slave/jihadist bride, two things need to have happened. First they need to be radicalised and brainwashed. Then they need to be recruited to go …

The conflict in Ukraine has heightened tensions between Russia and NATO. Photo source: Sasha Maksymenko via Flickr Creative Commons.
Blog / International Security

Staying the Sword of Damocles: The Challenges Facing Nuclear Disarmament

The General election poses challenges for Britain’s Trident deterrent – estimated to cost £100bn over the next 30 years. Photo source: UK Ministry of Defence via Flickr Creative Commons

In December of last year the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) convened in Austria, the latest conference in a series of talks held previously in Norway …

Blog / Europe

Inequality, Radicalisation and the Threat of Returning Jihadists

Tours rally in support of the victims of the 2015 Charlie Hebdo shooting. Source: Kévin Couette via Wikimedia Commons.

The attacks on the Charlie Hebdo’s offices on 7 January 2015 brought light onto issues and challenges facing contemporary European societies. Even though the main themes to the attacks were the underlying value of freedom of …

Protesters denouncing the acts of the Charlie Hebdo attackers (Flickr Creative Commons)
Europe / International Law

Western and Islamic laws are not so different

The rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the attack on the French publishing house Charlie Hebdo a few weeks ago have added “credence” to the already present belief that Islam is an inherently violent religion. In light of this, I will compare Western laws of war, also known as international …

Blog / Europe

#CharlieHebdo: How did we judge its political objectives?

Je Suis Charlie – via Wikimedia Commons

Public discussions that followed the terror attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo have revolved mainly around two key issues: freedom of speech and hate speech. It was the discussions on these two concepts that created the context of the judgment of the terror attack …

Blog / Environment & Energy

The EU And Energy Security

Major Russian Gas Pipelines – Sam Bailey via Wikimedia Commons

This year the crisis in Ukraine has threatened EU gas supplies and along with this the recent drop in oil prices has threatened member nations’ resolve to move away from fossil fuels towards more sustainable and self sufficient energies. The crisis in Ukraine has particularly …

Blog / International Law

Ukraine in the Making

EuroMaidan in Kiev, 1 December 2013. Source: Ilya via Wikimedia Commons

A little over a year from the start of the protests in the Ukrainian capital’s Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti), the Ukraine crisis has not yet ended. The country is still torn between East and West in a fight against pro-Russian Rebel forces and, with …